October 19, 2006

Robinson: Team much further along

Oklahoma City, Okla. - Russell Robinson arrived inside the Cox Convention Center bound and determined to talk about the University of Kansas men's basketball program. With the start of the regular season less than a month away, Robinson and his teammates are dealing with a number of distractions, both on and off the court. Jayhawk Slant spoke to Robinson about the distractions and how the Jayhawks are coming along in practice.

"The biggest difference between this year and last year is that Coach Bill Self isn't doing as much coaching," said Robinson. "Everybody is catching on a lot quicker and we're a lot further along than we were last year. The time of each practice has been about the same.

"But we get a lot done," he added. "There hasn't been as much teaching, but more of just trying to get stuff in and done."

KU opens up the regular season with a home game against Northern Arizona. When the Hawks take the court on November 11, Robinson hopes to walk out onto the Allen Fieldhouse court as the starting point guard.

It would be a total shock if Robinson weren't in the starting lineup for the remainder of his career. However, according to Robinson, it's still early and there is still plenty of time for a number of backcourt players to impress Self and his staff.

"That's my goal, to be the lead guard," said Robinson.

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